Thursday, March 3, 2011

Calasiao looking for funding agency for solar project

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO- The mayor of this puto producing town is looking for a grant from foreign development agencies to finance the proposed solar plant project that will power the municipal hall and other establishments.

Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay explained that in case Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) or the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) grant his request, the solar project will be a 60-40% venture with this town shouldering 40% of the cost...
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Macanlalay said a solar project will save this town up to 70% of power expenses.
The young mayor said this town has P140 million annual budget, both from local taxes and shares from the Internal Revenue Allotment.

He said 20% of P18 million of the IRA is used to pay the town’s debt of P60 million from the Land Bank it acquired in 2009. The loan was used to finance the new imposing municipal building.

The old town hall was gutted by fire in 2008.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Roy Macanlalay, the father of the mayor, said that the mammoth retail store Robinson located in Brgy. San Miguel here would be open to the public in September this year.

The mayor said that he talked with the top brass of the Gokongwie- run- corporation to give priority to Calasiao residents for employment.

He said that hiring people here would bode well for the management and workers because they would spend less on fares.

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